Basketball is one of the team sports that kids love. In fact, there are not a few children who aspire to enter the children’s team of the Spanish Basketball Federation, an organization that already has vast experience training children and young people in this category. However, beyond the professional future to which any child can aspire, the truth is that it is a very dynamic and entertaining sport that can be practiced even as a simple hobby. In fact, regular basketball practice has been shown to be an excellent physical exercise that stimulates different skills, while helping to develop social skills.
Five advantages of playing children’s basketball
Improves metabolic resistance
Basketball, like any high intensity sport, demands a great energy and metabolic expenditure. Attacks, runs, jumps, and constant movement require physical overexertion from children that helps improve their endurance. As a result, this interval training stimulates your aerobic capacity, strengthens your lungs, and increases your energy level and metabolic endurance. It is also an excellent practice for building cardiovascular endurance and regulating blood circulation and blood pressure in children.
Develop muscle control
The ability to control muscles and every part of the body develops naturally as the child grows and gains self-control. However, different studies have shown that basketball practice helps youngsters gain muscle control, strengthen their muscles and improve the planning of movement sequences. In fact, it is an ideal sport to improve balance in little ones and stimulate their agility, especially due to the responses of blocking, passing, jumping and running.
Sharpens coordination and body balance
Like most team sports, basketball requires great coordination of the upper torso, as well as between all parts of the body and between the eyes and the hands. Passing, catching, running evading opponents and shooting are skills that require a good deal of planning, precision, and quick reaction. In addition, walking backwards paying attention to the other players and running while dribbling the ball are complex exercises that are very useful to stimulate body awareness and coordination between different parts of the body.
Stimulates functional, physical and cognitive agility
Basketball is a sport that requires great agility to move your feet and respond quickly to changes in direction and momentum. Therefore, children who play basketball develop physical and cognitive skills that allow them to dodge opponents, plan aggressive plays, and move skillfully on the court. In addition, they tend to have a great ability to respond quickly, an advantage that stimulates their creativity, abstract and concrete thinking, while allowing them to solve problems more quickly than their peers.
Promote social skills
Basketball is a group sport in which discipline and verbal and non-verbal communication with the rest of the players are crucial. In fact, playing basketball from an early age teaches children to work as a team, bond with others, be attentive to others, and respond accordingly. In this way, they learn to work together with other children for a common goal, develop empathy, their ability to deal with frustration, improve emotional self-control and increase their communication skills.